Méribel – an old-time favourite with British homeowners

Posted on 25 April 2013

As the 2012-13 winter season comes to a close, one resort that has attracted a larger share of British skiers and owners of Alpine property than others is charming Méribel in the Savoie region of the French Alps – but then that’s nothing new.

It’s little wonder Méribel, part of the Three Valleys ski area, is so popular with Brits looking for homes in the French Alps – it was founded by a Scotsman, Peter Lindsay, in the late 1930s and since then has retained a British flavour, so that today English is widely spoken there, including at the excellent ski school.

Famous faces you might see soaking up some après-ski there include Harry Potter star Emma Watson, who owns a chalet in Méribel. This year, the resort welcomed female pop singers Natalie Imbruglia and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but in the past it has hosted the Beckhams, F1 ace Michael Schumacher, and Prince William and Kate Middleton with her family. One benefit of Méribel, not offered by other resorts of similar standing, is that while it has a good range of bars and restaurants there are few hotels, so private accommodation is the norm there, hence it is favoured by celebrities and royalty.

If you’re wondering about the skiing, you won’t be disappointed. “The slopes around Méribel are deemed some of the best in the French Alps,” said Julian Walker of, “which explains why it was chosen to host events in the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics and it is hosting the highlight of the skiing calendar in 2015, the Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals.”

Opportunities to own a property in highly sought after Méribel through include a new three-bedroom semi-detached chalet and, for those with larger a budget, a plot to build a luxury chalet.

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